When my husband and I were first dating and married, we each had a cell phone. We were hardly at home, so it was the best way to get a hold of each other. It necessitated frequent explanations of why we didn't have a land line, but we could actually answer our phone. When we moved to our small town, however, things changed. We finally cancelled one cell phone, changed the number of the other cell phone to a local number, and got a land line with unlimited long distance so we can talk to all our friends.
That was a few months ago. Now, when the phone rings, I debate whether I should get it or let the answering machine grab it and explain that no, this is not Lisa's timeshare or the MD Office or whoever else they are looking for.
If I did have a timeshare, I could have sold it multiple times by now. Lisa is losing business over having an out-of-date number on her ad. When we got our answering machine, my husband asked what message we should put on it. I joked, "Hi, this is not Lisa's timeshare." I think the record in one day was three calls for the timeshare, zero calls for me.
One day, the phone rang and a lady was looking for the MD. I told her she had a wrong number and we hung up. Two minutes later, the phone rang again. This time, it was a man looking for the MD. I told him he had a wrong number and we hung up, but I strongly suspected the woman had just had her husband try the number to make sure it was the wrong number. When the phone rang a third time, I didn't even answer it, and nobody left a message on the answering machine.
The problem is, I don't know what we can do about it. So I'll just work on creative ways to say, "Sorry, this is the wrong number."
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